Car And Truck Care Myths Now Debunked!

So it’s time to start thinking about your car or truck. Time for some maintenance right? Well there are a few misconceptions out there. I found a great article from Consumer Reports on the myths of car care. Even if you have no ill intentions it’s true that you could do stuff which will lead to spending more money, causing damage to your car or truck and even putting your safety at risk. Below are the myth’s from Consumer Reports and a link to a nice video that helps spell it all out while adding some additional myths as well. When taking your car or truck to a Dallas Chevy dealer for some maintenance at least now you’ll know if you caused the damage yourself  or not. Right?

Myth: If regular-grade fuel is good, premium must be better.
Reality: Most vehicles run just fine on regular-grade (87 octane) fuel. Using premium in these cars won’t hurt, but it won’t improve performance, either. A higher-octane number simply means that the fuel is less prone to pre-ignition problems, so it’s often specified for hotter running, high-compression engines. So if your car is designed for 87-octane fuel, don’t waste money on premium. Only use premium if your car’s owner’s manual says “required.”

Myth: Let your engine warm up for several minutes before driving.
Reality: That might have been good advice for yesteryear’s cars but is less so today. Modern engines warm up more quickly when they’re driven. And the sooner they warm up, the sooner they reach maximum efficiency and deliver the best fuel economy and performance. But don’t rev the engine high over the first few miles while it’s warming up.

Myth: A dealership must perform regular maintenance to keep your car’s factory warranty valid.
Reality: As long as the maintenance items specified in the vehicle owner’s manual are performed on schedule, the work can be done at any auto-repair shop. If you’re knowledgeable, you can even do the work yourself. Just keep accurate records and receipts to back you up in case of a warranty dispute on a future repair.

See  Consumer Reports for the cool video and additional information on car or truck care myths.

Thanks to Brandi Hodge for contributing.

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